Emerging French superstar Kylian Mbappe is in the mix to take his place in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta despite his recent horror ankle injury.
Mbappe was scythed down in Paris Saint Germain’s 1-0 Coupe de France final triumph over Saint Etienne on July 25 and was later on crutches, having suffered an ankle injury.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel had said he’d need a “miracle” to play in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final but he now appears set to have a role off the bench.
“If Kylian has a good session on Tuesday and everything goes well, he will be in the squad on Wednesday,” Tuchel said.
“We are very happy that he is with the group and that we can have the possibility of finishing the match with him.”
Marco Verratti looks less likely for PSG due to a calf complaint, in a blow for the Parisians who’ve had limited competitive action over the past four months.
“We need to wait and be patient with Marco,” Tuchel said.
“He was unable to run last week. He started running again on Monday.
“He picked up a knock in training and was extremely unlucky. He can sprint again, it’s good.”
“Atalanta are a special, very physical team, who have a very unique style and play one-on-one across the pitch,” Tuchel said.
“They attack with seven players in the opposition’s half. Playing against them is complicated, difficult. They score a lot of goals. It’s therefore a huge challenge.”
Atalanta boss Giam Piero Gasperini said he was happy that Mbappe was fit but knew his considerable danger.
“Mbappe is an extraordinary player. He can change a game,” Gasperini said.
“We are preparing ourselves by thinking that he will be on the field. We’ll see tomorrow.”